MANY HAPPY RETURNS
The Social Psychology of Reincarnation and the Druze with Chris French
Sunday 28th October 2018 from 5:00 pm

The concept that we have lived a sequence of many lives is one that has been proclaimed by spiritual teachers and theorists for centuries. The Druze, a small Middle Eastern religious sect, believe in the transmigration and eternity of the soul, and that at death, one's soul instantly transfers from one body to another. Their doctrine states that the “soul does not lose breath between one life and the next” and that the process of rebirth reinforces a system by which good people who live right and moral will be more fortunate in their next lives than bad people.

In 2008, Chris French, a skeptic, travelled to Lebanon to take part in a Channel Four documentary investigating the reincarnation claims amongst the Druze. Here he interviewed several children who claimed to remember their previous lives including explicit details on how they had died. In his talk, French will discuss his experiences amongst the Druze outlining the case histories he came across against the backdrop of the general conceptual issues he has with reincarnation as well as the specific problems with Druze beliefs.

Chris French will argue that regardless of the truth of such religious theories, believing in reincarnation is beneficial for the Druze on a psychosocial level as he witnessed families taking an active role in constructing the past life story of their child and matching it to a known real story involving a tragic death.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's Gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Chris French
Chris French is a psychologist specialising in the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences, cognition and emotion. He is Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is head of their Anomalistic psychology Research Unit, which he founded in 2000. He has authored or co-authored over 80 articles and chapters dealing with a wide variety of subjects in psychology, He appears regularly in the media as a skeptical commentator on such phenomena as recovered memory, telepathy, faith healing, past life regression, ghosts, alien abductions and out-of-body experiences.

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